Working and Organizing in a Digital Age


Course Objective

Academic and research skills:

- Be able to (empirically) investigate a theoretical perspective
within the themes related to new ways of working/organizing,
which for example could be: mobility and changing work practices,
open office spaces and collaboration, enterprise social media
and transparency, open science and crowdsourcing communities,
sharing economy and platforms, robotics in the workplace.

Bridging theory and practice (knowledge):

- Have a sound theoretical understanding of the themes related
to new ways of working/organizing and the interplay between
technology and work/organizing practices and be able to analyze
and demonstrate that interplay.

Broadening your horizon:

- Be able to critically reflect on the consequences and
implications of "new ways of working/organizing" for the work
practices of individual knowledge workers and how people organize.

Course Content

This course is all about the implications of (digital) technology for
how people work and organize. At an individual level, technology for
instance allows for increased mobility, either in (open) offices, in
co-working spaces or while people act as ‘digital nomads’, and increased
virtuality, such as in online communities or when using robotics in the
workplace. At the organization level, technology causes new
organizational ‘forms’ to emerge, such as online communities, sharing
economy, crowdsourcing platforms, open and citizen science. The digital
technologies that give rise to these changes can range from mobile
devices and robotics to social media, artificial intelligence and
The possible consequences and implications of these 
new ways of
working/organizing are often predicted but not yet fully and

academically understood. In one part of the course, students discuss
and critically reflect on different 
theories and perspectives related
to new ways of working/organizing. In a second
 part, students conduct
an empirical study related to a selected new way of
providing them hands-on experience and an understanding of how relevant
theories are in a real business case.

Teaching Methods

The first part of the course includes interactive discussions and
critical reading of the literature. This is tested in an individual
written (interim) exam.
The second part consists of an empirical study that students do in small
teams in/for a real-life organizational setting. During this phase,
teams report on their progress, receive feedback and write a research

Method of Assessment

Individual assignment (interim exam)

Group assignment


Reader will be distributed via Canvas.

Target Audience

This course is only open for students in the Digital Business and
Innovation master’s programme.

Additional Information

This course is only open for students in the Digital Business and
Innovation master’s programme.

During the course, students will conduct an empirical study at an
The course has a very tight schedule and requires
flexibility in terms of 
availability during the complete course. It
could also involve some travelling (within the Netherlands).

Custom Course Registration

This course is only open for students in the Digital Business and Innovation master’s programme.

General Information

Course Code E_BA_WODA
Credits 6 EC
Period P2
Course Level 400
Language of Tuition English
Faculty School of Business and Economics
Course Coordinator dr. M. Soekijad
Examiner dr. M. Soekijad
Teaching Staff dr. E.W. Hafermalz
dr. M. Soekijad

Practical Information

You need to register for this course yourself

Last-minute registration is available for this course.

Teaching Methods Lecture, Study Group